Thursday, December 18, 2008
Back to Square One
This Rod guy, the governor of Illinois, with the unpronouncable and unspellable name (thank God for spell check - Blagojevich) may be, and probably is, a total idiot. He may also be as guilty as hell. But, it is my prediction that we may never know what the truth is about this guy because the prosecutor and the Attorney General of Illinois have made an absolute mockery of our system of justice by denying him the most fundamental right of our system of laws; the presumption of innocence. We do have a long standing system that does work when the rules are followed. There is the right way to do things when a prosecutor decides that enough evidence has been made available to charge a person with a crime. One of the things a prosecutor shouldn't do is go public with accusations that have not been subjected to the rigors of our legal system, i.e. the right of confrontation, cross examination and weighing of the charges by an independent grand jury or magistrate. A prosecutor should not stand up and state publicly that Abraham Lincoln would be rolling over in his grave because of what Rod purportedly did (or said). By the way, it is not a crime to say things (unless it is yelling fire in a crowded theater when there is no fire). It is not a crime to think things. The guy in the spotlight here should be this prosecutor, Fitzpatrick, who has taken the law in his own hands and made himself the Grand Inquisitor. Someone needs to set this guy straight. The same goes for the Attorney General, Lisa Madigan. The whole process, a serious one, needs to step back, take a deep breath and begin again at Square One.